The latest installation of the Mission Impossible franchise features a high-octane car chase in Rome. A city known for its unpredictable traffic, narrow streets, and cobblestones. These elements add a level of tension and unpredictability to any exhilarating drift-filled car chase, especially when you’re driving one-handed.
The new movie, titled Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning, stars Tom Cruise reprising his role as Ethan Hunt, and Hailey Atwell as Grace. Handcuffed together, they embark on a thrilling escapade, evading both adversaries and the authorities, all while Cruise skillfully drifts a BMW 5 Series through the bustling streets of Rome, relying solely on his right hand for control.
According to the acclaimed stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood, Cruise adeptly handles all the driving maneuvers one-handed, even executing impressive slides and drifts around corners with precision. This feat would typically be easy to simulate, but the BMW Cruise operates is devoid of doors. Making the authenticity of his driving prowess undeniable. At one pivotal moment, Ethan and Grace decide to abandon the BMW. Hoping to make a discreet getaway in another vehicle. A gray Ferrari catches their attention on a tranquil side street. However, as their sights are set on the sleek Ferrari, an unexpected twist arises when an old yellow Fiat 500 suddenly appears, ready to continue the exhilarating chase with a series of electrifying drift.
At first glance, the Fiat may appear as an homage to the iconic Citroen 2CV driven by Roger Moore in the Bond film “For Your Eyes Only.” However, its appearance proves deceiving. Emitting an electric sound reminiscent of Ken Block’s Audi Hoonitron. The Fiat 500 showcases its true character by executing daring drifts and exhilarating burnouts. Director Christopher McQuarrie admits that the Fiat’s unpredictable nature. Seemingly possessing a mind of its own, presented an exceptionally challenging sequence to capture on film.
For Cruise, the heart of the chase lies in engaging the audience and delivering an unforgettable thrill. “I just want to give them that drift-fueled adrenaline rush,” he passionately states. To achieve this goal, the entire chase sequence was authentically film on location in Rome, Italy, utilizing real cars, trucks, and motorcycles throughout the adrenaline-pumping sequences.
This summer has already seen the release of several blockbuster movies, with cars taking center stage in breathtaking action sequences. Alongside “Dead Reckoning,” the highly-anticipated “Fast X” premiered last month. Assumedly marking the final chapter of the franchise featuring the original cast. It was closely follow by the exhilarating debut of “Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts” last week. Further heightening the excitement surrounding adrenaline-fueled films that leave audiences on the edge of their seats.